Alessandra departure adds to new Pools boss Harrison’s need to find attacking strength

Lewis Alessandra has joined Notts County from Pools. Picture by Frank Reid.
Lewis Alessandra has joined Notts County from Pools. Picture by Frank Reid.

Craig Harrison will be taking a close examination of his squad this week.

But the new Hartlepool United boss will have one less player to look at after Pools let Lewis Alessandra join Notts County for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old came to Pools from Rochdale last summer and became a permanent fixture in the side as boss Craig Hignett went for an attacking approach .

Alessandra scored four goals and had numerous assists during Hignett’s reign and added five more goals in the tenure of Dave Jones.

Only skipper Nicky Featherstone played more this season, with the the Manchester-born player making 50 appearances, including 43 starts.

The skilful forward, who scored a number of stunners, incuding a double in the home win over Exeter, had attracted interest from a number of clubs, but Magpies boss Kevin Nolan has won the race for his signature.

“What happened at my former club last year was very disappointing,” Alessandra said in an interview with Notts County’s website.

“I was gutted, but I knew I still wanted to play league football, so, when the chance arose, I grabbed it with both hands.

“I don’t think I would have come here if I didn’t think we had a shot at doing well next season.”

His departure to Meadow Lane came on the day Pools made Welsh Premier League winning-boss Harrison their new manager.

One of Harrison’s first tasks will be to find attacking players given Pools have sold last season’s joint second top scorers, Nathan Thomas (to Sheffield United) and now Alessandra.

The 39-year-old must look to see if there are any other high-profile operators he may let go, while three players have been offered new deals – Carl Magnay, Rhys Oates and Brad Walker.